Housing resource center helps homeless families

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Several families have a new place to live thanks to a housing center that helped them after they were forced out of a Hopewell apartment complex when the city said conditions were unlivable.

Alphonso McCloud says he wouldn't have been able to find such a great place to live if the Flagler Resource Center wasn't here. He and his daughter just moved into their new home Wednesday.

"It was awesome," said McCloud. "The moving experience has been great for me. I love my place."

In February, Hopewell Code Enforcement forced McCloud and several tenants to move out of the Prince George Terrace Apartments, because the city said the units were not up to code. Plumbing problems, raw sewage, and mold were just a few issues that made some people sick and miserable here, according to residents. McCloud, who had just moved in December, saw the warning signs.

"After a while, you start smelling sewage and seeing the signs," said McCloud. "Eventually,  there were only three people left in my building."

The resource center helps people, like McCloud, who had no where to live. Housing Director Claudia Perez placed roughly nine families, who were evicted from the complex, into a new home within a month of meeting with them.

"I personally do the inspection of every new place because I make sure it's safe and in good living condition," said Perez.

Roughly 20 families or individuals were evicted. Some moved to different units in the complex. Others went to Flagler Resource Center.  The non-profit group uses grant money and federal funding to give people a place to live when they're in trouble. It pays for the first month's rent, and the security deposit to give people a change to get back on their feet.

To seek help through the Flagler Resource Center, call: (804)-722-1181.

The Prince George Terrace Apartment complex is under new management. Staff with Great Richmond Rentals says they are currently working on improvements at the property.

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